Dial code red in an emergency
The Red Cross in Singapore and more than 12,000 professionally trained people who can give first aid now use the iPhone app “Rapid Rescue”. In case of an emergency, users can activate the app and an alarm is sent to first aid givers within a range of 2km. Directions on a map are also provided.
Why it matters
This is a fast and effective way to attempt to save lives using technologies that are readily available. Will the creation of such a semi-professional medical network become the norm for NGO’s and medical services brands?
A healthy sugar alternative will start appearing on health store shelves from this month. Stevia, a South American shrub with very sweet leaves, was approved by the European Food Safety Authority for use in the EU in early December 2011. As a sweetener which is low carb, 300 times sweeter than cane sugar and has almost no impact on blood sugar levels, it will be of special interest to those with blood sugar and weight management concerns.
The Dutch drugstore chain D.I.O. launched a free heath indicator for the iPhone. The app offers free information about medication that is available at drugstores without a prescription.